Small Batch Icing- to Write on Cakes

Total Time
11mins
Prep
5 mins
Cook
6 mins

Sometimes you just need a small amount of icing to write on a cake or cookies. I don't like buying those ready made tubes because they're so expensive for such a small amount of icing. They don't taste that good either. Here's the recipe I use when I just need a small batch. You can tint it any color you want by adding food coloring. The paste coloring is best but the drops will work fine, too.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, water and vanilla. Beat on low speed to combine, then beat on medium speed for a full five minutes. It won't look like Icing at first, but keep the mixer going for a full five minutes, and then you're done!
  2. Note: If you're not using this for decorating, but just for icing the cake, thin the icing by adding 3 tbs. of corn syrup, or water to the icing.
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5 5

This recipe is just what I needed to finish a chocolate cake that a friend wanted to celebrate his birthday. I baked a three layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, pulverized walnuts and unsweetened coconut between the layers and on top. I like these ingredients and prefer orange extract instead of vanilla because chocolate and orange are a perfect combination in my opinion. I needed a recipe for a small amount of frosting to write Happy Birthday and his name on top of the cake. I substituted orange extract for the vanilla extract in the recipe, and added a little tumeric, clementina zest, and maraschino cherry juice to give it a nice orange color. I wanted to make it a bit sweeter so I added a packet of stevia and a packet of orange drink mix, which turned out the way I hoped it would--nice. I think everyone (especially the birthday boy) will be pleased. I circled the cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips to trim the cake and emphasize the chocolate that he requested.

1 5

This icing just didn't work. The icing was way too thick to be able to pipe it fluidly on the cake and it tasted like shortening - yuck. Wouldn't make this recipe again.